Kevin Johnson: Sac will keep taking shots

On Tuesday, Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star, said he remains very confident that his city will get an MLS expansion team despite the disappointment of Monday's announcement by MLS that it was in "advanced discussions" to award a team to Minnesota.

If David Beckham comes through with stadium plans for Miami, the South Florida city and Minnesota would put MLS at 24 teams.

Johnson told reporters at City Hall the word from MLS officials was that “it’s not a matter of if, but when” Sacramento gets an MLS team. He added that he would spearhead “Operation Turn Key" to move forward with plans to finalize a stadium project in Sacramento's downtown railyard.

“We felt that we had done everything necessary to put ourselves in a position to be the next MLS city,” Johnson said. “While we would have liked Sacramento to be the first pick, we’re still in the game and will continue to take as many shots on goal until the last whistle’s blown. We believe and we know that our bid is really strong.”

Between Minnesota and Sacramento, MLS is always believed to have favored Minnesota, but it never would anticipated the strength of the Sacramento effort. Its USL team, Republic FC, is only in its second season.

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